Special Sub-Topic: Tolkien - Arda Ancestry Part 3
|Túrin Turambar is probably the most tragic hero in Tolkien's work. His father was Húrin Thalion of the House of Hador and last Lord of Dor-lómin. His mother was Morwen Eledhwen. What does Morwen's surname mean?|
Elfsheen. Morwen was the daughter of Baragund of the House of Bëor and very beautiful. Hence she gained the surname 'Elfsheen'. This is the translated version in the Silmarillion but it would probably mean 'Elf-maiden' instead. After the loss of Húrin she eventually left Dor-lómin, now occupied by Easterlings. While Easterlings surpressed the remnants of the House of Hador, no one had ever dared to lay hands on the Lady of Dor-lómin. She finally came the grave of her son Túrin and Nienor Níniel, her daughter, and was found by Húrin, who had been released from Angband. There she died and Húrin buried her and placed a stone on her grave, the Stone of the Hapless.
Morwen's grave survived the wreck of Beleriand and now stands as an island off the coast of Middle-Earth until the world is broken, known as Tol Morwen. Lady of the Shield-arm was a title for Éowyn of Rohan.
Man-hearted was a title for Emeldir the wife of Barahir who led the women and children of the House of Bëor, including Rían and Morwen, into Brethil.
|Rían was the daughter of Belegund of the House of Bëor. She had a famous son. Who was he?|
Tuor. Rían was the daughter of Belegund, brother of Baragund, Morwen's father. Rían and Morwen were cousins. Their grandfather was Bregolas, the elder brother of Barahir, father of Beren Erchamion. Morwen wedded Húrin Thalion of the House of Hador and Rían married his brother, Huor. Two months after their wedding Huor was called away and marched with the banner of Fingon the Valiant into the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, leaving his pregnant wife. Huor was lost in the Last Stand of the Men of Dor-lómin, enabling the escape of Turgon back to Gondolin. An arrow had pierced his eye and his elder brother Húrin was taken to Angband alive. But Rían fled into the wilds when no tidings came and gave birth to her son in the wild.
This son was Tuor, cousin of Túrin Turambar. He became the messenger of Ulmo and travelled to Gondolin. There he wedded Idril Celebrindal, daughter of Turgon of Gondolin. Tuor, Idril and their son Eärendil survived the Fall of Gondolin and managed to flee thanks to the heroic fight of Glorfindel with the Balrog. Eärendil would sail west to bring the Valar to Beleriand.
Rían had left Tuor with the Grey Elves of Mithrim after his birth and went to the Haudh-en-Ndengin, the Hill of the Slain (also known as Haudh-en-Nirnaeth, The Hill of Tears), and died of grief upon the graves of the Eldar and Edain that had been slain in the great Nirnaeth Arnoediad which included her beloved husband Huor.
|Which Elven King wedded one of the Ainur?|
Elwë. Elwë Singollo, or Elu Thingol in the tongue of the Sindar, was one of the three emissaries of the Eldar that went to Valinor with Oromë. He sought to bring his people, the Teleri, third and greatest hosts of the Eldar, to Valinor. But many strayed away from the path. When Elwë became lost in the woods of Doriath he came upon Melian the Maia and fell in love with her. He was never again seen by his people and, presuming that he was lost, his brother Olwë led a part of his people over the sea. Elwë became known as Elu Thingol and became the greatest Lord of the Sindar and he ruled with Melian in Doriath, protected by the Girdle of Melian.
His daughter was Lúthien Tinúviel, the fairest of the Children of Ilúvatar. She fell in love with Beren Erchamion of the House of Bëor. Thingol was not happy and demanded a Silmaril. Beren set out and was joined by Lúthien and Huan and they managed to obtain a Silmaril from Morgoth's crown, achieving what the great hosts of the Noldor had been trying for decades. The Sons of Fëanor demanded the Silmaril but Thingol would not give it away.
He later enlisted the aid of the Dwarves of Nogrod to set it into the Nauglamír, the Necklace of the Dwarves made for Finrod Felagund. It was obtained by Húrin from the ruined caves of Nargothrond. The Dwarves became obsessed with it and slew Thingol and fled. Melian passed away over the sea filled with grief and the Girdle of Melian was removed. The Dwarves of Nogrod returned and sacked Doriath, but none would ever return to their Halls in the Blue Mountains, for Beren sent aid and Shepherd of the Trees assailed the Dwarves.
The line of Thingol continued through Beren and Lúthien to Elrond and his brother Elros and to his descendants, the first Kings of Númenor, the Lords of Andúnië and finally the Kings of Gondor and Arnor. The last known of this line is Eldarion, son of Aragorn II Elessar.
|Éomer Éadig was the son of Éomund of Eastfold and Théodwyn, younger sister of Théoden, King of Rohan. After his father's death he was taken into the King's house along with his sister Éowyn, and he was named as Théoden's Heir after the death of Theodred, the King's only son. The daughter of which Lord did he wed after the War of the Ring?|
Imrahil of Dol Amroth. Éomer became close friends with Aragorn II, King of Gondor, and Imrahil, Prince of Dol Amroth. He wedded Lothíriel, daughter of Imrahil, and their son was Elfwine who would succeed his father. Finduilas, daughter of Adrahil and older sister to Imrahil, wedded Denethor II, Steward of Gondor and their sons were Boromir and Faramir. Faramir would marry Éowyn, sister of Éomer and they would dwell in Ithilien. The marriages of Faramir & Éowyn and Éomer & Lothíriel strengthened the bonds between Rohan and Gondor. The alliance would grow stronger than ever and where ever King Elessar went to War, Éomer of Rohan followed; the cavalry of the Mark thundered in the far South and East, beyond the Sea of Rhûn, where King Aragorn II Elessar still had many enemies to subdue before peace came at last to the realm of Gondor.
|Celebrimbor of the Eldar was the greatest smith of his time. To which House did he belong?|
House of Fëanor. Celebrimbor was the son of Curufin, fifth son of Fëanor and doomed by his Oath. Curufin was slain in the assault on Menegroth. But Celebrimbor was never bound to the Oath, since he never took it. He survived the War of Wrath and became the greatest of the jewel-smiths of Eregion, probably a legacy of Fëanor. It was Celebrimbor who forged the Three Elven Rings. He was slain in Sauron's assault on Eregion and thus the House of Fëanor came to an end (assuming that Maglor no longer walks the Earth in his despair and regret).
Last of the House of Finarfin in Middle-Earth was Galadriel who sailed into the West. The royal line of The House of Fingolfin came to an end with the death of Ereinion Gil-galad who had no offspring. Elrond however descended from Turgon of Gondolin, Fingolfin's second son, but never claimed Kingship over the Noldor. He founded the House of Elrond after the War of Wrath.
|Which sibling of Finrod Felagund, son of Finarfin, became King of Nargothrond when he left to join Beren in his quest for the Silmaril?|
Orodreth. Finrod Felagund was once saved from death by Barahir of the House of Bëor in the Dagor Bragollach. He pledged to repay Barahir and gave him his ring. When Beren came to Nargothrond in his quest for the Silmaril, Finrod fullfiled his promise and joined him, leaving Kingship to his brother Orodreth. He died in the pits of Tol-in-Gaurhoth when Sauron had captured them. Finrod's spirit was reborn in Valinor and now walks underneath the trees with his father Finarfin. Angrod and Aegnor were also son's of Finarfin and were lost in the Dagor Bragollach. Galadriel had wedded Celeborn and dwelled with him.
|Who wedded Indis of the Vanyar?|
Finwë. Indis of the Vanyar became the second wife of Finwë, after his first wife, Míriel Serindë of the Noldor, passed away after the birth of Fëanor. She was the mother to Fingolfin and Finarfin and it is said that the House of Finarfin inherited her grace and Finarfin was held the most fair and wise of the children of Finwë. Her grace was passed onto Galadriel, daughter of Finarfin and Arwen, grand-daughter of Galadriel. The wives of Fingolfin, second son of Finwë, and Ingwë, King of the Vanyar, are never mentioned. The wife of Turgon was Elenwë but she was lossed during the crossing of Helcaraxë.
|Who was the cousin of Maedhros, who rescued him from the Thangorodrim?|
Fingon the Valiant. Maedhros, eldest son of Fëanor, was captured after the death of Fëanor. Morgoth hung him by his wrist from the Thangorodrim. Fingon, eldest son of Fingolfin, had been a good friend of Maedhros in Valinor and even though Fëanor had abandoned the House of Fingolfin at Losgar, their old friendship still stung his heart (indeed Maedhros spoke to Fëanor about Fingon and begged him not to leave him and the rest of the Noldor behind, but Fëanor wouldn't listen. Fingon did not know this).
Seeking to heal the feud between the Houses of the Noldor he set out alone to Angband and he climbed high onto the peaks. But seeing no way into Morgoth's fortress he took his harp and sang an old song of Valinor, defying the Orcs that hid in the darkness. His song was answered by Maedhros, singing in his pain. Seeing no way that his cousin could free him, Maedhros begged Fingon to kill him. Fingon took his bow and while he took an arrow prayed to the Valar to show some mercy. Manwë felt pity and sent Thorondor, Lord of the Eagles. He stayed Fingon's hand and bore him up to Maedros, but Fingon could not release the iron clamp that held Maedhros' wrist. Again he begged Fingon to slay him but Fingon took out his sword and cut off Maedhros' hand.
Thorondor bore them to Mithrim. With this deed Fingon healed the feud between the Noldor and his deed was held high among the feats of the Noldor and he was known as 'The Valiant' ever after until his death in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. Maedhros repented the deeds of the sons of Fëanor and refused to take Kingship of the Noldor. Kingship passed to Fingolfin but it is said not all of the sons of Fëanor agreed with Maedhros. Turgon was Fingon's brother and King of Gondolin and Finrod Felagund and Orodreth were the eldest sons of Finarfin.
|Who was the sister of Túrin who died of a plague in childhood?|
Lalaith. The second child of Húrin and Morwen was Lalaith and her brother Túrin loved her very much. She was named after the Nen Lalaith, the Laughing Stream, a stream that streamed past Húrin's house. Her life was short though, and she died of a plague. Morwen and Húrin conceived another child shortly before Húrin went to the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. Easterlings then ravaged the land and Morwen send Túrin away. She gave birth to her daughter Nienor in the winter.
The tale of the Children of Húrin is the saddest and most tragic in Tolkien's work, resembling a Greek tragedy. Turin wedded Nienor not knowing she was his sister, being under the influence of Glaurung's dragon-spell. Nienor threw herself into the Teiglin. Túrin cast himself onto his sword Gurthang, having no desire to live any further after he killed his best friend Beleg Cúthalion in error and Brandir in rage and having wed his beloved sister. Mablung of Doriath made a grave for Túrin and a stone commemorated him and Nienor. Morwen later found the grave, and joined by Húrin, she died. Húrin would go to Nargothrond where he slew Mîm, last of the Petty-dwarves, who had betrayed his son. After he brought the Nauglamir to Doriath he left and cast himself into the Western Sea, having no desire to live.
Labadal was a name Túrin gave to Sador, a lame servant of his father and Túrin's childhood friend. It meant 'hopafoot'.
|Théoden was the son of Thengel, son of Fengel, King of Rohan, and Morwen of Lossarnach. Théoden was born in Gondor.|
Yes. Thengel was not on good terms with his father, who was remembered mainly for his greed and lust for gold. He left Rohan when he came to manhood, and left for Gondor where he entered service of Turgon, father of Ecthelion II. He wedded Morwen of Lossarnach, also called 'Steelsheen'. They lived together in Lossarnach for a while. Morwen was much younger than Thengel and bore him three children in Gondor of whom the second was a son, Théoden.
After Fengel's death he was recalled by the Rohirrim and it is said he did not go very willingly. But he proved a good and wise king and Morwen bore him two more daughters. The last was Théodwyn whom Théoden loved very much. Her children were Éomer and Éowyn. Thengel was succeeded by his only son Théoden. Théoden would fall under the influence of Saruman but was cured by Gandalf and led the Rohirrim to victory over Saruman's hordes at Helm's Deep. He then led the Rohirrim to the aid of Gondor into the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, the greatest battle of the Third Age. The Rohirrim surprised the hordes of Mordor and came in the nick of time as Gondor's gate had just been breached. Théoden led the Rohirrim in their charge and threw down the chieftain of the Haradrim. He was slain in the midst of his glory when the arrival of the Witchking maddened his horse and Théoden was buried beneath it, mortally wounded. Éowyn slew the Witchking with the help of Meriadoc the Hobbit. Before he died he spoke to Meriadoc and gave him his blessing. When Éomer came he gestured that his banner should be given to him and he died asking him to say farewell to Éowyn not knowing she was lying beside him.
Théoden's body lay in the lands of his birth for a while among the great Kings of Gondor in Rath Dínen. After the wedding of Aragorn he finally returned to Rohan where he was buried in the eight and last mound of the second line of Kings of Rohan. It is said that no King of the Mark ever had such a company on his last journey as had Théoden. For with the Rohirrim rode King Elessar of Gondor and his Queen Arwen, Elrond of Rivendell and his sons and the Lord and Lady of Lórien, Celeborn and Galadriel and four of the Periannath including the Ring-bearer.
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